IRCSD 2019-20 Building Leadership Changes

IRCSD 2019-20 Building Leadership Changes
Posted on 08/09/2019
IRCSD 2019-20 Building Leadership ChangesTo our IRCSD Family,

After a rigorous selection process with multiple highly-qualified candidates, Indian River Central School District is pleased to announce the following building leadership changes.  These outstanding educators will help lead our students and staff through the challenges inherent in modern education. Please help us welcome Kristen, Angela, Brenda, Morgan, and Theresa into their new Team-Warrior roles!

With great pride,
Mary Anne Dobmeier

Kristen Freeman, Calcium Primary School Principal  

Kristen FreemanKristen Freeman has been the Curriculum Director here at Indian River for the past three years. Previously, she worked for four years as the Assistant Principal for Indian River at the Intermediate School. 

Ms. Freeman comes to us with fifteen years of elementary classroom experience. She is a graduate of Potsdam (BS, MS) and Oswego State (CAS) Universities. Ms. Freeman is a certified teacher N-6, Reading K-12 and holds her certifications in Building and District Leadership. 

A  native of the north country, Ms. Freeman lives in Lowville with her husband, Carl. They have two grown children and recently became grandparents.  Ms. Freeman enjoys spending time with family, traveling, cooking, swimming, yoga and running with her dog, Nala. 

“This is an exciting time to be a leader in education. I look forward to working with the great team at Calcium Primary and continuing the wonderful work being done for students.”  

Angela Green, Indian River Middle School Principal 

Angela Green“How fun when things come full circle, as my educational journey brings me back to Indian River Middle School. I started here 20 years ago, as a student, shadowing the French teacher, then was her long term substitute in the foreign language department the following fall. It’s with great excitement that I join the faculty and staff to continue the legacy of leadership that has been the standard here for so many years. As a foreign language teacher, I was fortunate to teach in districts where the K-12 model allowed me opportunities to thrive in teaming with fabulous teachers across multiple content areas. I hope to bring that sense of team and family to the Middle School, where we will continue to work together to bring great ideas into the classroom and make learning engaging for our kids. Being an Assistant Principal for the Indian River Central School District has afforded me many opportunities for growth as an educator, a leader, and as a person. Having this network of leaders, teachers, and people with whom to work and grow has been undeniably priceless. 

“Moving forward, I want to learn as much as I can from our retiring administrator and start forming relationships with the amazing educational team.  What an honor it is to be in this position at this time in education. I look forward to an exciting transition.” 

Brenda Leddy, Theresa Primary School Principal

Brenda Leddy“My educational career began at Indian River as a Kindergarten aide.  My journey continued as an elementary teacher at Philadelphia Primary.  I have spent the last three years working as a Principal at Cape Vincent Elementary, and as the District Data Coordinator for the Thousand Islands School District.

“I possess a Bachelors in Childhood Education and a Masters as a Literacy Specialist, both obtained at SUNY Potsdam.  I acquired a Certificate of Advanced Study for Administration from SUNY Oswego in 2016.  I also possess certifications in the areas of Birth-2, 1-6, Literacy, SBL, and SDL.

“My philosophy of education is based upon the idea of nurturing the whole child to ensure our students are safe, engaged, supported, healthy, challenged, and loved.  I strongly believe it is important to meet the needs of each child where they are in their educational journey.  I feel that communication between the community and school is essential and look forward to fostering established relationships while working toward building new ones.” 

Morgan Pratt-Neaves, IRIS Assistant Principal

Morgan Pratt-Neaves“I am thrilled to join the IRIS team this year as the Assistant Principal.  I am passionate about education and I am so excited to have that in common with the teachers, staff, and families at IRIS.  I have been working in schools since 2009.  I spent six of those years at Harrisville Central School, where I taught everything from online learning to 6th grade Social Studies to Government and Economics.  The last four years, I have worked as a teacher at Indian River.  As a High School teacher, I taught Global 9, Government, Economics, and Syracuse University Public Affairs.  Last year I got the chance to explore the district as a K-12 Instructional Coach for Social Studies. 

“I love that at IRIS we encourage our students to be their best and hold true to the belief that all students should have the tools necessary to be successful.   I believe in inspiring all students to work towards success! One of the pleasures of working for Indian River Central School is that faculty and staff believe in quality education and are dedicated to ensuring that every student has the opportunity to learn. 

“I am fortunate to have a wonderful family.  My husband, Duane, is retired from the military and currently works for the St. Lawrence Seaway.  I have two very active children who attend IRHS, Jillian, who will be a senior this year, and Harley, who will be a freshman.  We spend much of our time attending their events!  My hobbies and interests include family adventures to historical sites, reading, traveling, and yard work.”   

Theresa Hunter, Middle School Assistant Principal

Theresa HunterTheresa Hunter is honored to be the new Assistant Principal at Indian River Middle School.  Although she is new to Indian River, she is no stranger to middle school.  Theresa has 24 years of educational experience… 23 at the “middle level.” Her first year in education, she taught Regents Biology in Camden, NY.  The next five years were spent teaching Science and Health at Clary Middle School in Syracuse’s City School District.  The past 18 years have been spent teaching Health and Science at Pine Grove Middle School in East Syracuse Minoa, NY.  Theresa has district- as well as building-level experience. She was a member of her former district’s Strategic Action Leadership Team and was responsible for the development of all three generations of the district’s strategic plan. She was also an active member of the District Wide Grading Committee, APPR Adoption Committee, and the Professional Development Planning Committee, just to name a few.  She is also a curriculum writer and achieved National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Science. She has administrative experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels as well as the district office level.  

Theresa currently lives in Baldwinsville, NY with her husband, Gene, and her two children, Justin and Sara.  She is also a proud guardian to her Uncle Bob. 

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The Indian River Central School District encompasses 284 square miles (including Federal property) in northern Jefferson and southern St. Lawrence County in New York. The vision of the District is as follows: In providing a comprehensive educational program, IRCSD will advance, serve, and contribute to the growth and wellness of our communities. Indian River prides itself in offering a robust, well rounded UPK-12th-grade educational program to approximately 4000 students. Indian River has made great strides in provision of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics) instruction to students so as to ensure that they are well prepared for future careers and higher education.
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